Hawks to investigate Zuma's role in 'state capture' - Maimane

2016-11-22 19:25
President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

President Jacob Zuma. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg – DA leader Mmusi Maimane has revealed that specialised policing unit the Hawks have agreed to investigate charges he laid against President Jacob Zuma.

"This weekend, I received official confirmation from the head of the serious commercial crimes unit at the Hawks that the criminal charges I laid against Jacob Zuma last week will be investigated," said Maimane.

He made the announcement during one of his "Back to the People" tour stops in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday.

Maimane laid charges of corruption against Zuma for his role in the allegations revealed in former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's State of Capture report.

Although Madonsela's report does not make damning findings against any specific individual, it does call for a judicial inquiry to be set up to investigate several allegations documented in it.

In the report, Madonsela said she found no evidence of attempts by Zuma's executive to look into allegations made by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas that the influential Gupta family, with close links to Zuma, tried to offer him money and a ministerial position if he performed favours for them in return.

On Tuesday Maimane said he had also received a request for a meeting in the coming days to discuss the charges.

"This means we are another step closer to seeing Jacob Zuma face the consequences of his corruption," he said.

The president also has a pending matter before the Supreme Court of Appeal in relation to 783 corruption charges against him.

Maimane said he would seek clarity regarding the corruption charges, along with those he laid against Zuma in 2014 in relation to his private residence in Nkandla.

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